I had not looked at this work in awhile. But today I travelled through all the details of it again and remembered why it speaks to me, and why I especially enjoyed the process of creating it.
A writer contacted me asking for permission to use this work as a poetry book cover. (How great is that!) It’s an honor to know that she has discovered the work, has taken time to respond to its content and felt drawn to it.
So, that’s how I came to look again at “Once She Could.” (I’ll be sure to post information about the book when it’s published.)
My hope in creating this textile collage was that it would combine a sense of innocence and possibility in the little girl with a complex environment, one that has a lot of layers.
To create the complexity of the girl’s world, I combined printed and painted fabrics with original photos that I transferred onto fabric. There are three photo transfer sections, and they all worked differently.
This work has a landscape composition with a strong center horizon line and a clear above-and-below. In the below-ground section, the photo transfers mix with other rich colors and textures.
She’s all by herself there on that limb.
All around her there’s a lot going on. Just like life.
This work is available, and posted on my website HERE.
And, if you’d like to watch a video I created of this work
which includes some original poetry, it’s on YouTube, HERE.